I am a homeschooling mom of four ranging in ages from 6-14. I have been a pastor’s wife for 20 years. Over these years, God has given me an amazing privilege to pour into lots of women. Most of them are always wondering how can I give my kids more Jesus. Since I became a mom, He has given me a bigger audience with moms who want to know:
“How do you do bible time in your home?”
“What resources do you use?”
“How do you make sure they have a biblical worldview?”
“How do you make sure they know Jesus?”
Going to church is important but a daily example makes so much more of an impression on their minds. No matter if you kids are newborn or teens, it’s never too late to make sure you are teaching them about our Savior. So, here are my top 5 ways to make sure you are giving them Jesus every single day…
5 Simple Ways to Give Them Jesus:
Jesus’s disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. They had observed Him getting alone to pray long enough that they knew it was important. They also heard Him pray over food and in blessing little children. So, pray. Pray often. And, pray for them.
- Pray to start the day.
- Pray over meals.
- Pray before bed.
- Pray when they are hurt and pray when they are sad.
- Pray for big stuff and small stuff if it’s important to them.(Especially with teens.)
- Teach them to pray for friends, family, church leaders, and world leaders.
- Show them that prayer is important and teach them to “pray without ceasing.”
Praise God with them. Praising God is done when we express approval to Him. We can thank Him for what He’s give us, for who He is, and for how He works in our lives. Praise God that He loves us and thank Him for all He’s give us. Reaffirm “all good gifts are from above” and that He is worthy of worship.
- Praise Him when one of your prayers has been answered. Share with your older kids specifically how God answered and what this means to your family.
- Teach them the names of God from the Bible and how each name gives us a reason to praise God.
- Play worship music and teach them that singing is a form of praise to God.
Read God’s Word to them and teach them to read it themselves. Depending on age, you may have to have a little story book bible or use an easy to read version of the Bible.
- Teach the books of the Bible and how to find verses themselves.
- Encourage them to memorize verses that stand out.
- Have a daily time set aside each day for Family Bible!
- Read biographies of missionaries, evangelists, and other great men and women who lived their lives all for the glory of God. Some of our favorites to learn about so far are George Muller, Charles Finney, William Wallace (not from Braveheart) and Elizabeth Elliot.
The scriptures are full of commands to remember. Remind them God created all and sees all. Reaffirming in their growing minds that God is “Elohim” (Strong Creator) is the supreme way to remind our children that God is Everlasting, in charge, and Sustainer of life. It builds a foundation of dependence and worship.
- Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; Ecclesiastes 12:1
- Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, Isaiah 46:9
- And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11
Serve together as a family. It’s great for them to see you serve but allowing them to join in really gives them the heart behind service. I began taking my kids to the local nursing home very other week to play games, do crafts, and brighten the residents day when my youngest was 6 months old. They are never too young to learn to serve others.
- Local food bank
- Ask at church if there are ways for the family to serve in church or at an outreach event.
- Nursing Home
- Neighborhood welcoming committee/care providers (Take a helpful bag with local services and info and a fun treat when some one new moves in. Also, provide meals or a small happy for new babies, those who are sick or have lost loved ones.)
- Bake treats for your neighbors and deliver with a card letting them know you pray for them and share your favorite scripture.
- Prayer walk your neighborhood or one that your church serves.
- Pass out Bibles and invites to your church.
- Spread the gospel as a family.
Some of my favorite resources:
- 20+ Resources for Family Worship at Home
- Ministry to Children website– Free lessons and resources.
- Bible app for kids
- Our Daily Bread for Kids: 365 Meaningful Moments with God
- The Action Bible
- For Older Youth: Minibiblelessons.com
- Youtube for kids (You can find most any praise and worship song and also short videos of most bible stories.)
What ways do you give them Jesus?
What are some of the ways that you give your kids Jesus on a daily basis? Do you have any suggested resources that might help others? I would love to read your comments.
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